Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Friday, July 15, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Crypto Squad USA:
Nessie Dead? Not Nessie-sarily
Bird-to-Bird Communication

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Wisconsin Monsters
Riddle of the Hills
Beach beast
Monstrous Eels
Spook House Media

From CFZ Australia:
Snakes alive! Man-eating reptiles online
CFZ TV: Riddle of the Hills
Who needs fish fingers? Not this tuskfish
The official Sumatra Expedition 2011 t-shirt
From the archives: The Queensland Tiger (1929)
Trap is set for Hawkesbury's big cat




I was remiss enough to miss this when it first appeared last April. Thanks to Michael Newton for pointing it out.

PS: Of course I know it is a bloody joke!!!!!

DALE DRINNON: Giant eels, forerunner of the Chupacabras, and update on Tartessos

The follow-up to the Chessie and Cressie series mentions the Big Sea Eels which I call Titanoconger, and clears up some popular misconceptions about the giant leptocephali:

And Meanwhile at the Frontiers-of-Anthropology, I felt it necessary to make some clarifications about Tartessos because of the recent "Atlantis" hype:

Because of the computer problems I was having tonight, one of the blogs I was working on was inadvertantly published when the site cut off wrongly. I decided to forge on ahead and consider it published anyway. It concerns an early Argentine forerunner of the Chupacabras that looked like a small dinosaur or dragon and was being blamed for cattle mutilations in the 1920s


HAUNTED SKIES: North American crop circles from 1999


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1994 the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 started to collide with Jupiter.
And now the news:

A rare he-she butterfly is born in London's NHM
New Bigfoot Evidence Filmed in Kansas (Video)
Man stumbles across mountain lion in garage
Holidaymaker’s leaping crocodile photo wows Web
Bear killed B.C. native elder, coroner confirms
Bristol Zoo inspired Creature Comforts, says Nick ...
Meet Hong Kong's urban beekeepers

This video was possibly the inspiration for Ivan Mládek's epic Jozin from the bog:

RSPB: Second chance to see one of UK’s rarest birds

RSPB runs special event to showcase its work with cirl buntings at Labrador Bay in South Devon
On Sunday 17 July, the RSPB will be running short guided walks on their Labrador Bay reserve near Shaldon. This follows the success of similar walks in May.

The RSPB’s Steven Henry said: “We had lots of interest back in May with each walk well attended by people eager to see cirl buntings. While they don’t necessarily have the glamour of rare tigers or pandas they are precious in their own way and it’s great to be able to share this with people.”

Throughout the day, staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk about the success of their cirl bunting project and hopefully show people these elusive yet charismatic little birds. The cirl bunting was once known as the village bunting due to its wide range across the south of Britain but numbers went into terminal decline in Britain in the 1930s. At one point, numbers were as low as 118 pairs.

Thanks to the help of local farmers, the RSPB has brought the number up over 800 pairs and the future is now looking brighter for this handsome, yellow bird. Labrador bay, one of the most recent RSPB reserves, is playing a major part in the cirl bunting’s recovery. Steven added: “Of course it’s not just cirl buntings we’ll be seeing. There’s always lots of butterflies around the hedgerows when the sun shines, and there are always birds such as peregrines, kestrels and skylarks around the site.

“The reserve car park is on the road between Shaldon and Babbacombe. So bring the family, bring your binoculars and boots and let us entertain you!”

For more details call Steve Henry on 0771 770 1037

More information on Labrador bay can be found at http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/labradorbay/index.aspx

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